Manual in theory is more involving, but the DSG is more robust for tuning.
Are manual clutches that bad on the cupra? My FR184 delivers the same torque (albeit for less of the rev range) and the manual gearbox and clutch has been fine for 70000 miles (and still going fine). Do they use a chocolate clutch in the cupra or is it the same unit?I'm not at all surprised about the clutch though and 26k is pretty good on these cars as the clutches are not up to the job at all on any model , my friend got a new Golf R 7.5 and VW but another clutch in after 4k miles and it went again 3k later which is ridiculous and has now had to put an updated one in at a cost of £1200 plus the manuals can be notchy.
I can confirm this, only 4WD Cupra's have been quicker than me off the line, but I soon pass them once we get going (country roads mostly)